Believin' on a Jet Plane, to Test Cleaner Technologies

ecoDemonstrator program checks out innovative ideas
Mar 24, 2016 4:50 PM ET

Developing new technology that will make Boeing aircraft cleaner, quieter and more efficient requires the kind of innovative thinking supported by programs like the ecoDemonstrator and engineer Jennifer Holder.

“The ecoDemonstrator helps make innovative ideas a reality by creating a unique environment where new technology can be tested and validated,” said Holder, ecoDemonstrator test platform manager. “We enable the innovation itself.”

The ecoDemonstrator program uses airplanes as flying testbeds for technologies that can reduce emissions, lower noise, and improve the operational efficiency and fuel economy of Boeing products.

The program’s test platform in 2015 was a 757; in 2014 a 787 tested more than 25 promising technologies than could help improve the environmental performance of Boeing aircraft. Boeing and Brazil-based Embraer will collaborate on the ecoDemonstrator program in 2016 using an Embraer airplane.